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Offline richard.selwyn

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Lift or dumb waiter
« on: April 04, 2012, 03:03 PM »
I have a client who wants a lift or dumb waiter in his holiday house in Brittany, France, from ground up to second floor. Anyone on here got any ideas. All I can seem to find are ugly stainless things for restaurants. I think he'd like me to come up with something a bit more special. Get your thinking caps on everyone!
Thanks in advance,
Richard

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Offline Roger Savatteri

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 04:00 PM »
What are your building constraints?
Where is it going in the building?
What is the total span of travel? (in Europe you have a ground, then a first, and then a second floor - most times)
What is the maximum load this needs to carry?
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Offline Corwin

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 05:32 PM »
I built one a little over 30 years ago.  Had to line the cavity with double layer of sheet rock and cover with metal due to fire regulations.  Commercial dumb waiter lifts were hard to find and rather pricey, so we used a standard hoist with upper and lower limits.  It worked okay, but wasn't pretty. 

Offline richard.selwyn

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 03:19 AM »
What are your building constraints?
Where is it going in the building?
What is the total span of travel? (in Europe you have a ground, then a first, and then a second floor - most times)
What is the maximum load this needs to carry?

Those are all good questions, to which I don,t have all the answers yet. The site is a 3 hour drive away so I was hoping to get a few ideas before visiting. I am waiting for plans. I think it is going by a central staircase. It will be ground, first and second. There is a loft where I hope to be able to put the mechanism. The load will just be crockery, glasses and bottles (plenty of the latter knowing the client).
Regards
Richard

Offline richard.selwyn

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2012, 05:22 PM »
So no one as any hot tips? The FOG is dumb. On dumb waiters?

Offline Kev

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2012, 05:33 PM »
http://www.dumbwaiters.com.au/

Don't know about your neck of the woods ...

Offline Steve R

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2012, 12:35 AM »
I would not lift it.. I would let the dumb waiter do it....  but if he is too dumb you might have to explain it to them.....

Did I miss something here????[blink] [eek] [scared]

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Offline richard.selwyn

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2012, 01:51 PM »
Well I pretty underwhelmed by the lack of ideas. It will need controls upstairs and downstais and I was wonering whether wireless remote would e easier. Would still like some suggestions.
Richard

Offline Alan m

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Re: Lift or dumb waiter
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 02:00 PM »
its an unusual request.
i would look into some kind of track, and motorised pully and wintch.
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